Monday, January 28, 2013

A round number giveaway


When I was at the card show yesterday, my blog kept buzzing along as it tends to do. The odometer on the lower right rolled right past 500,000 page views.

The number isn't as important as it thinks it is. In fact, the sitemeter tracker below it claims I haven't even reached 500,000 yet. That one says I'm at 469,000-something. And then there are all those "how many of those are Real Viewers" discussions.

But taken another way the number is a nice excuse to pause and say, "wow, I've been writing for awhile and people -- at least I think they're people -- are still dropping in to read or just look at pretty pictures."

Thanks for doing all that.

I've got some cards to give away as a further expression of my thanks.

It's probably not a smart thing to do, given that I'm still about 4 weeks behind on card packages, have just come back from a card show with so much organizing to do, have a work week jammed packed with Super Bowl stuff to handle, and have a washing machine and toilet that aren't cooperating right now.

But the cards aren't all that great. Maybe nobody will enter and we can pretend this milestone never happened.

OK, you don't want to hear that.

You want to see cards.

These are just some items I had sitting around -- and I'm not being coy when I say that, like some people with epic collections that I know. These cards really WERE just sitting around. Take them from me. Please.

The winner of this giveaway will get all 36 cards.

Here they are:


That's the first nine. The 1970s-looking cards are actual 1970s, not some sort of Topps Mom Throws Out Your Cards thing. The Pujols is an xrefractor (I know we're not supposed to call them that anymore). The Beckett is a gold parallel.


Second nine. The Chamberlain is a diecut. The McCovey is not the real '69, but one of those 2012 Archives reprint shortprint items.


Third nine. The Fergie I picked up at the card show just for you. The Russell Martin is a relic card. I'm sick of him looking like a Giant ... hell, I'm just sick of him, so he's in the prize pile. And everyone should have a Ron Cey Kellogg's card in their collection.


Final nine. Pretty self-explanatory.


To reiterate, the winner gets all 36 cards to do with what they like. They can keep them. They can use them for trade bait. They can feed them to the dog. I don't care.

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post that you're in the contest.

The evil randomizer will decide the rest.

The window to enter will only be open until the next post goes up on this blog in 24 hours. I want daily readers to be rewarded, so that's why I'm closing it off so soon.

A special thanks to the daily readers. But thanks to everyone, of course.

Aren't round numbers fun?

76 comments:

  1. Congrats on such an awesome achivement!!! :)

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  2. Gee whiz, I wish I had stuff like this just laying about!

    Anyhow, happy 500,000! The rest of the bots and I pooled our money together and bought you a cookie cake to help you celebrate...

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  3. I'm in!

    Congrats on 500,000 views! That's quite a staggering number.

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  4. I salute your upcoming achievement. I

    am in!

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  5. I just posted a 65 topps cardas well, Love that Richie Allen!

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  6. One of the 1st blogs I started reading back when I discovered the card blogs in 2010. Congrats!

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  7. I'll take a shot! Enjoy the blog and keep it up!

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  8. A ROUND NUMBER GIVEAWAY =
    A NUMBING ROADWAY REVUE

    Congrats, Night Owl!

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  9. I'll bite on the off chance I need one of those diamond cards. I'm much too lazy to actually do any research right now.

    Congrats on the nice number! I've got a bit over 200,000 and I think that's gnarly. If I keep at it for another three or four years, I might get to your current total!

    Just goes to show you kids: If you can actually write (like Night Owl) you'll do ok in the world (of blogs).

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  10. I'm in. Congrats on 500,000. Again, this means a million isn't that far from plausibility.

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  11. ..and here I am, little ol' me, waiting for view number 4,000.

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  12. Congrats on the round ( or not so round) number.

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  13. I'm in. Dear randomizer, please randomly pick me.

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  14. Wow, 500,000 views! That number is difficult for us mere mortals to fathom.

    Am I allowed to enter this giveaway? I'm in Australia, and I don't want our favorite Owl to be hit with big shipping costs!

    Nick J

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  15. Good times!

    Congrats on 500,000! I mean, 500,019!

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  16. In B4 the lock


    Oh, wait. Wrong web page

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  17. Glad to make up 1-2 pageviews a day for the past couple of years!

    Congrats!

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  18. Congrats, always an interesting read!

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  19. Congrats, and thanks, not only for the contest but for writing what you do!

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  20. Holy hamster dance that's alota views!

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  21. Congrats on all of those views. I'm probably responsible for 2,000 of them. I'm in.

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  22. I assent to all the prior comments (except that I don't live in Australia [though that would be neat]). Please enter me in the contest, and thank you...for being here!

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  23. I like eggs.

    Oh - and I'm in like Flynn.

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  24. Congrats on that huge number.

    I'm in for the vintage cards.

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  25. Thanks for the Fergie (and other assorted lovely cards)!

    Congrats on the quantity but also, naturally, the quality.

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  26. Wow, 500k, Congratulations. And thanks for the contest.

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  27. Thanks for the contest! Come on evil randomizer

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  28. Congrats man! I've been thinking of completing a 1982 Topps set lately - would love to have that Dave Stewart!

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  29. Count me in.

    I can't believe you'd be giving up a Ron Cey Kellogg's card.

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  30. If I win, I'm keeping that super cool Brandon Beachy card and sending the rest of the cards to someone so they can keep one card and then send the rest to another....... etc.. etc...

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  31. This feat is well above the youtube numbers that Justin Beiber pulls..Congrats!!

    Please include me in the contest.

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  32. Honestly, I don't come here to read, I just scroll down to the bottom and look at Alyssa Milano once a day.

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  33. Congrats on half a mil. Glad you're still having fun.

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  34. Love this blog. I really want the 72 Angels Rookies. 8 )

    I'm entering.

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  35. Giving away 36 cards? How can I not be in?

    Congrats on 500,000!

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  36. Daily reader here! Congrats on 500,000 views! :o)

    Some great cards you're giving away! Thanks a lot!

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  37. Congrats fellow half-million club member!

    I don't really need another random 3 dozen cards lying around but the Beachy is cool and my jumping in the frey will change the randomization in ways that no one can truly know. I expect a thank you from the eventual winner, I didn't have to do this you know...

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  38. Congrats! At the rate I'm going I'll hit 500,000 on my counter sometime in the 22nd Century.

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  39. If I could be a little more consistent with my posts maybe I'll get there some day. Congrats!

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  40. Congrats! I'm in. Good luck with the toilet and washer

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  41. Congrats on 500K!! I'm in, and now have a 1 in 500,000 chance of winning.

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  42. I'll throw my name in the hat. Congrats on half a million. I'm sure you'll double it in no time.

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  43. i'm in the contest. i mailed a package to you today. not that i'm trying to influence the outcome...

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  44. Congratulations! I look forward to helping you reach a full million.

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  45. Congrats. I'm in.

    I've done pretty well fixing toilets. Feel free to troubleshoot with me if you want. Send me pictures of your toilet! Er, weird.

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  46. 500,000...469,000...let's not split hairs. Congrats on running THE baseball card blog at the top of everyone's best of list. I'm in because I love that Fergie.

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  47. congrats on the milestone!

    and Russ Martin relic, you KNOW you want to come home to my collection....

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  48. Congrats on 500k, I passed my own milestone last night 20k.
    I have some dodgers for you email your address to martynheap@yahoo.co.uk

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  49. congrats! well deserved - I am always looking forward to your new columns interesting ovservations and clever wit.

    500,000 hits - and they say the hobby is dead.

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  50. Someday we should get those A&G sets scanned and into the Baseball Card Cyber Museum!

    See ya,

    Joe Mc
    BCCM

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  51. congrats - this is a blog worth its weight in page views!

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  52. Congratulations on half a million! Count me in por favor.

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  53. Yikes, the odds of winning are getting longer and longer. Great blog!

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  54. I saw a Griffey....

    Congrats, Night Owl! I checked my counter - it is up to 1,380 as of this morning, but give me a couple days to shore up the numbers....

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  55. Thanks for the contest, Godfather. Your a big time back to back champion who deserves all those page views.

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  56. Night Owl-It's been a pleasure to read your take on cards most days. And no offense- but I'll stay out of the running for the cards. My wife is already making me cut back on what I have right now. Just wanted to congratulate you!

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  57. Congrats on the huge visit count (even if they are aliens messing with your head) and thanks for the contest. Glad I read your blog today, somedays I miss reading it because I get worn out from a bad habit I'm trying to kick called "work". Can't seem to get rid of it. I've heard there is something called "Retardedment"? I can't afford it yet and am still too young for it.

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  58. The window for entering the giveaway is officially closed.

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